Friends of the State Library of South Australia have a passion for books, documents and other items of cultural significance to the people of South Australia.
From all walks of life, the Friends have supported the State Library of South Australia (SLSA) with a tradition of cultural philanthropy over eight decades, to enrich and promote its collections and treasures for scholarly and public interest.
the Friends began work in 1932
Our Australiana Publications sub-committee regularly issue very popular limited edition publications with a focus on Australia's exploration history.
We run various events and programs of interest to a wide South Australian audience, including the monthly Wednesdays@One.
The Friends of the State Library of South Australia is the oldest library Friends group in Australia and arguably the most active, with links to many other well established Friends of libraries around the world.
To visit the Friends in person, come to our home in the Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue in the city, any time between 11 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday. The Institute Building is a beautiful heritage building on Adelaide's cultural boulevard. It is part of the State Library of South Australia and close to cafes and shops. Members may relax, read, make tea or coffee, buy a Friend's greeting card or an Australiana publication, or just take a break from a busy day.
Join the Friends, enjoy congenial company and support a great institution
The Friends sub-committee, Australiana Publications, has recently won a Bronze Medal for our latest book in the international Independent Publisher Book Awards, French Designs on Colonial New South Wales.